First National Bank of Michigan Announces Expansion into Lansing

KALAMAZOO, MI-President and CEO Daniel E. Bitzer today announced the West Michigan based bank is expanding into Lansing. The opening of the Lansing Loan Production Office marks the bank’s sixth regional office designed to serve the local community. “We’ve enjoyed doing business in Lansing since we opened our Grand Rapids location in 2011. The Bank currently caters to a sizable Lansing area clientele and will better serve the community through this new office,” added Bitzer.

“Recent market disruption created by bank mergers has accelerated our plans to expand with an office in Lansing,” commented Jefra Groendyk, Senior Lender. “This move places our team of banking professionals in the heart of the Lansing business community, enabling our proactive and high-touch approach in nurturing commercial business relationships to blossom.”

Joining the First National Bank of Michigan team and leading the Lansing expansion as the Market President is Patricia Barnas, a veteran banking professional in the area. “I joined First National Bank of Michigan because of their strong commitment to serving commercial clients,” Barnas stated. “We are built for business and intent on being the local community bank of choice in Lansing.”

Barnas graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Management and Organizational Development from Spring Arbor University. She is on the board of Sparrow Hospital, currently chairs the Sparrow Hospital Foundation and is on the finance and budget committee. She is a board member of The National Association of Career Women and The Arts Council of Greater Lansing.

First National Bank of Michigan will share more details on the location of its Lansing bank in the coming months. For immediate and future needs, Lansing-area businesses and customers are encouraged to contact Patricia Barnas at 517-897-2611.

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